Section of road named for Speenburgh
ALBANY >> A section of Route 23 in the towns of Ashland and Windham has been named “Wayne C. Speenburgh Memorial Highway” in memory of the former Greene County legislator and Coxsackie postmaster.
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, and state Assemblyman Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie, was signed into law last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Speenburgh died after a long illness on Sept. 17, 2015, at age 71. He was postmaster of the Coxsackie Post Office from 1970 to 2000. He was elected to the Greene County Legislature in 2004 and was elected chairman of the Legislature in 2007, a position he held until his illness caused him to step down.
“Wayne touched the lives of so many and dedicated his life to improving the quality of life for his neighbors throughout Greene County,” Amedore said.
Added Lopez, Speenburgh’s “commitment and connection to the people of Greene County was something he proved every day. Wayne’s energies and passion moved him to extraordinary efforts to support the community, and was clearly demonstrated as he helped his neighbors respond to and recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. All of us are proud of Wayne and his legacy.”
The portion of highway designated begins at the intersection of Route 23 and Old Road in the town of Windham and runs west to the intersection of Route 23 and North Settlement Road in the town of Ashland.
A bill to name a portion of state Route 32 in Ulster County in honor of a fallen soldier from Kingston also was signed Friday by Cuomo.
That measure designates the portion of Route 32, beginning at the intersection of U.S. Route 9W and ending in the town of Saugerties, as the “Private First Class Douglas Cordo Memorial Highway.”
Cordo, a city resident and Kingston High School graduate, joined the U.S. Army in March 2010 and was 20 years old when he was fatally wounded by an improvised explosive device that detonated while his unit patrolled Zabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 19, 2011.